This beautiful, technically prewar one-bedroom on Ocean Parkway at Avenue P in Midwood has a rather high-style Art Deco niche in the lobby and etching on the front doors, and its entry courtyard takes the guise of a miniature Rockefeller Center. We say “technically” prewar, because the certificate of occupancy is scribbled with the date of August 25, 1939, one week before the German invasion of Poland.
Inside, some of this styling continues in the curved doorways and built-in shelf niche in the foyer. It’s a true one-bedroom with some unexpected depths.
The irregular-pentagon-shaped foyer even has a proper coat closet and room for probably a good pile of junk — or let’s say some bookshelves and a console table, to be generous.
The corner bedroom has three windows on two exposures. There are inlaid floors and parquet in all but the kitchen.
The latter has been nicely updated with what looks like black granite countertops and a dishwasher, and the bath has square baby blue tiles and similar black stone on the undermount sink cabinet.
Unfortunately there’s not much documentation we can find about the building’s history, neither in the Avery Real Estate Brochures or the 1939-40 tax photos, which seem to have bypassed this block and lot.
In the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, there’s only this obscure, possibly desperate listing for a different unit in 1941: “Living room, dinette, two bedrooms, modern; will sacrifice. Apartment 4-G.”
The building has an elevator and there’s an intercom phone for visitors. At $1,725 a month, it’s all fairly reasonable, if not for the remote location. Liena Stebere of Citi Habitats can fill in the rest. Looking for more space? Would it be a sacrifice?
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